Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
463 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 63 reviews)

  • Great benefits and the company places a lot of emphasis on professional/personal development (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 37 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent experience; great for those with no work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Nice people, awesome work-life balance, and very family-oriented. I'm told the benefits are good too!

    Cons

    Corporate communication, "playing the game". Lots of people have different amounts of pull to bring you in different directions, some more negative than others.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mind-numbing, but pleasant surroundings at Monsanto

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very profitable firm with good dedication to improvement projects

    Cons

    Far too many layers of management to get things done quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for opportunities to streamline decision-making

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good if you are direct hire, contractors are not so lucky.

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    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people who actually do the work are good people and the diversity is great. The companies goals to feed the world are noble in concept.

    Cons

    Where do I begin, the lack of continuity in any area of IT is apparent when you are having an issue and it turns out that the one person who had worked on it before has moved on. You cannot be effective if you cannot keep a core team together and they would rather go through disposable contractors than actually pay a real employee. There is no PTO time for contractors, no benefits, and the pay was just average. Management is a joke considering I had 6 different ones in the 18 mos I was there. If you want to play the politics game and kiss the right rear ends, you might have a chance to stay here as long as you like, but don't resist....they don't like individual thinkers or people who call them out on their BS. If you are good at dealing with all this then knock yourself out and go work there, otherwise I would stay very clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your contractors like crap. They do the lions share of the real work there, while you dote all the priveledges and accolades on those that sit in their management cubes or go to meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great employees to work with but hard to be successful with no training program and poor managers

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative II in Oxnard, CA

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees were really nice and welcoming.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Non existent training program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen better to employee's needs. Get a training program together!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company with a lot of great people. Might consider working there again.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse, great pay, benefits, technically challenging work with lots of rewards. A top performing company in literally all areas with the future in mind...even for the public despite all of the negative press from unfounded/unscientific hearsay.

    Cons

    Long hours and some areas have "the family" of adopted seeds companies that have little or no respect for professionals that were there before they became adopted. They did not adopt the Monsanto tradition and saw older Monsanto employees as either a threat or something to be rid of. Saw a lot of brain-drain and excellent people leave because of this. Safety started to take a major dive with the new seeds boys who felt that if they were not in the USA it did not matter. Did take a beating from friends outside the company who thought anything GMO was bad unless they injected it (insulin, hormones, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course and focus more on shooting down the bad PR when it starts...rumors on the Internet are hurting you and deserve a response. If a lie is told often enough, it is often believed in-lieu of facts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    enjoyed working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern

    Pros

    impactful responsibilities, research was interesting, coworkers were nice and management was very structured, bosses and direct supervisor was very approachable. overall positive experience here

    Cons

    has a bad reputation because of agent orange in the 80s, but apart from that, most friend havent heard of monsanto

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Technology Pipeline Solutions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The dress code is very casual, salaries and employee benefits are nice.
    If you are with the "in group" - your job is secure and not dependent upon your performance.

    Cons

    The new agile model adopted last year is not working! Information technology projects are not being delivered on time or within budget. There are too many layers of IT management - but with the self organizing team structure - no one is really managing the projects or the people. Many in IT roles do not have an IT background which leads to many misconceptions on how to develop the work. Inexperienced IT teams working in segregated silos does not lead to successful decisions on development tools, platforms or new technologies. IT should not be a stepping stone for resources with scientific backgrounds to move into management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the agile model, agile is a wonderful tool, but requires high performing resources with the correct skill set. Self managed teams are great for small groups, but for a company that is increasing the number of IT resources and efforts - with many inexperienced in IT, standards and best practice monitoring can really improve performance. Make changes to the IT teams, bring in experienced technical resources, reduce the layers of managment. Enforce accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok for scientists, bad for IT

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diversity, benefits, nice offices, summer hours

    Cons

    No opportunities for growing. If you want to have a decent check with no improvement on your resume ever this is your company. Overtime, the good pay is not that good since your resume would never show an improvement no matter how hard you work. Contractors come and go and you train and train in addition to an extenuos work load. The company lets go older employees and hires young contractors in exchange. Contractors leave when they notice how hard it is to get a full time job. Monsanto revolving doors are a reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career paths and focus on employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good engineers with sufficient cutting edge knowledge of what they do. Some of the best Software engineers in the midwest region with a vast amount of hands on experience work here.

    Cons

    Agro centric company. usually the funds for the IT division of the company is very limited and the profits reaped out of this division is perhaps pooled up with the whole business and never reinvested back. Always a budget issue!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire co-ops as full time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's the culture

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrative in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture promotes open communication and sharing of thoughts and ideas.
    Management tends to be very approachable with a lack of ego and condescension.
    Relaxed atmosphere and reasonable HR policies.
    Very much a team oriented work environment.
    A relaxed environment but still very little tolerance for dead-wood employees.
    After a year or so, it's comparatively easy to make lateral moves to other departments and broaden your skills sets.

    Cons

    Labor is predominately contractors....challenging to land a full time job there.
    You could work there for 3 years and still be a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your lower management manages to be both people oriented as well as mission oriented.
    They balance pursuit of excellence with compassion.
    It would be best to continue down that path of encouraging such management style.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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